Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Multicarrier modulation is recognized as a robust and efficient transmission technique, as evidenced by its consideration for diverse communication systems and adoption by several wireless standards. The performance of multicarrier communication systems can be significantly improved by dynamically adapting the transmission parameters, such as power, constellation size, symbol rate, coding rate/scheme, or any combination of these. This can be achieved according to the channel conditions or the wireless standard specifications. This paper proposes a novel joint bit and power allocation algorithm for multicarrier systems operating in fading environments. The algorithm jointly maximizes the throughput and minimizes the transmitted power, while guaranteeing a target average Bit Error Rate (BER).